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High school girls basketball: A closer look at this year's 4A All-Staters (23 items)

By , Deseret News

March 26, 2014

Editor’s note: The Deseret News picks the MVPs, but the remainder of the All-State teams are based on coaches' votes.

Note: For a more in-depth look at all classifications of the first-, second- and third-teamers, including a scouting report comment from an opposing coach, click here.

Sarah Thomas earned a degree in Mathematics from the University of Utah and is currently pursuing an MBA at Westminster College. She has been covering sports for the Deseret News since 2008.

1 of 23. 4A First Team

4A MVP

Savannah Park, Springville, Sr., 5-4, guard — 13.6 ppg

4A defensive MVP

Kennedy Redding, Bountiful, So., 6-3, forward — 16.7 ppg, 10. 7 rpg, 1.2 spg

4A First Team

Eternity Galeai, Timpanogos, Sr., 6-0, forward — 16.2 ppg

Lindsey Jensen, Sky View, Jr., 5-11, forward — 18.3 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 2.5 apg, 4.3 spg

Cortney Porter, Bonneville, Sr., 5-9, guard — 13.4 ppg, 4.8 rpb, 6.7 apg, 3.6 spg

Kailie Quinn, Judge, Sr., 5-9, guard — 21.3 ppg, 13.8 rpg, 5.2 apg, 5.3 spg

Syndee Taylor, Skyline, Sr., 5-11, guard — 14.4 ppg


2 of 23. Savannah Park, Springville

4A MVP

Senior, 5-4, guard

2013-2014 statistics

13.61 points per game

Season high

28 points at Maple Mountain on Jan. 24.

Opposing coach scouting report

“Savannah is an exceptional ball handler with an excellent change of speed and direction. She is also a very effective perimeter shooter; you can't give her any space. But more important than her basketball skill level is her toughness. She is a fierce competitor who doesn't back down from any challenge. She never seems to get rattled or frustrated, she always plays with a calmness that in-and-of itself can be intimidating. She is more than deserving of this honor, and I for one, am elated to see her graduate! Congratulations!"

Past All-State honors

2013 — 4A Defensive MVP

2012 — 4A Honorable Mention


3 of 23. Kennedy Redding, Bountiful

4A defensive MVP

Sophomore, 6-3, forward

2013-2014 statistics

16.7 points per game

10.7 rebounds per game

1.2 steals per game

Season high

34 points at Judge Memorial on Feb. 7.

Opposing coach scouting report

“Kennedy Redding is one of the most difficult matchups in our region. She is so big and long and so good around the basket. What is so impressive about Kennedy is that she is so confident and mature for only being a sophomore. It will be exciting to see her development over the next two years."


4 of 23. Eternity Galeai, Timpanogos

4A First Team

Senior, 6-0, forward

2013-2014 statistics

16.22 points per game

Season high

28 points vs. Olympus on Feb. 11.

Opposing coach scouting report

“Eternity was always a difficult matchup for our team because she could post inside and also drain the 3 ball. She is a very talented versatile player."

5 of 23. Lindsey Jensen, Sky View

4A First Team

Junior, 5-11, forward

2013-2014 statistics

18.27 points per game

8.27 rebounds per game

2.45 assists per game

4.32 steals per game

Season high

27 points vs. Bear River on Dec. 14 and at Mountain View on Dec. 19.

Opposing coach scouting report

“Lindsey (Jensen) is an extremely tough matchup due to her ability to score from the perimeter and her strength and size, which she uses extremely well to crash the boards and score inside. She is a great all-around player."

Past All-State honors

2013 — 4A Second Team